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Donate to NADA's Charitable Foundation to help Iowa dealer flood victims

November 16, 2010

By Ray Scarpelli Sr., Metro Chicago NADA Director

Dealership employees affected by flooding in Iowa have asked for help from the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation. "We processed a number of requests for assistance," said foundation Chairman Bob Mallon. "Some people lost everything."

The foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund offers assistance to dealership employees who have been affected by emergencies and natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and fires. Since its establishment in 1992, the foundation has distributed more than $4.1 million to about 6,500 dealership employees.

To support this relief effort, go to, click on Advocacy & Outreach, then Charitable Foundation, then Emergency Relief Fund. Follow the instructions to download the donation form, and fax the completed form to (703) 821-7030, or mail to NADCF, 8400 Westpark Dr., McLean, VA 22102-3591.

In other NADA news . . .

Applications accepted for the NADA's Dealer Executive Education program at Babson College, which meets Sept. 21-26 at Babson’s Wellesley, Mass., campus. Launched in March, the program offers a six-part, 16-month curriculum designed to enhance the leadership skills of dealership employees.

"Ideal candidates for the program are individuals who are in a position to effect change within the dealership," says Allan Jones, director of the NADA Dealer Academy.

Instructors lead students through a series of interactive learning activities, including group activities, role-play and video. Students gain insight into leadership traits, decision-making processes, communication skills and "opportunity obsession"—a term coined by Babson.

"This is a lot more than just changing your dealership. This is about making myself a better leader," said Jared Hamilton of Henry Day Ford in Sandy, Utah. The program teaches you how to "think like an entrepreneur and how to think beyond the four walls of the dealership," said Matthew Haiken of Prestige Volvo in East Hanover, N.J.

Babson College has been ranked No. 1 in entrepreneurship for 13 straight years by U.S. News & World Report. For more information on the NADA’s Executive Education program, visit

Visit the NADA’s new full-service Dealer Attitude Survey (DAS) Web site to take the summer 2008 survey, which will be online until Aug. 7. The survey format is now online only, which will speed up the processing time for the results. Dealers have received instructions on where to access the new site. For questions, contact NADA Industry Relations at, or call (703) 821-7010.

Work with an AYES intern this summer. More than 2,000 qualified students participate in the Automotive Youth Educational Systems program and are available for summer internships. AYES helps train young people to be automotive technicians and prepare them for careers at new-car and -truck dealerships.

"As a school-to-career partnership, AYES is a tremendous way to grow your own workforce," said NADA Chairman Annette Sykora. "Hiring an AYES student also supports local schools and the community, and can increase the productivity of your dealership’s service department."

To find a nearby AYES school, call Jim Butcher, the Illinois AYES manager, at (630) 424-6020. More AYES information also can be found at

Be recognized for energy stewardship. The Energy Star pro gram coordinated by the NADA and the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges dealerships that have met or exceeded the Energy Star chal lenge by improving their energy efficiency at least 10 percent.

These "green" dealers will get a certificate, a press release distributed to their local media and coverage on—as well as recognition at the annual NADA Washington Con ference in September.

For more on the NADA’s partnership with Energy Star, visit

Shop the NADA expo floor online with the new virtual exhibit floor from the 2008 NADA Convention & Expo. NADA’s online exhibit directory is open 24/7, to browse more than 700 exhibitors and search by company name or category of interest. For direct access to the 2008 NADA Exhibit Direc tory, visit,then click on Expo Hall, then Exhibitor Search.

In legislative news . . .

Register online now for the 2008 NADA Washington Conference, Sept.15-16 ( year’s conference will provide you with the latest updates and information to continue the NADA’s success in advocating dealers’ concerns to the nation’s lawmakers.

Dealer efforts in Washington were instrumental last year in securing a reasonable legislative compromise on Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, but much is left to be done on this and other issues. Conference speakers include White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton and political analyst Charlie Cook. The conference will also highlight: 

·  briefings from members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
· the latest legislative updates
· a DEAC overview
· a media workshop and, perhaps most importantly
· opportunities to meet with your representatives and senators.  

The 2008 Washington Conference will take place at the Hilton Washington. A congressional reception will be held Tuesday evening, Sept. 16, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New Avenue, N.W. Watch your mail for more information, or register online today.

In regulatory news . . .

NADA applauds the Justice Department’s move on the total-loss disclosure database. After more than a decade, the Justice Department says it will soon issue a proposed rule that would require insurers and junkyard operators to file monthly reports about cars declared a total loss. Critical identifying data about the car would be entered into the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, which eventually could be available to consumers. The NADA says it’s a good first step in identify ing wrecked, flooded or stolen vehicles, and will press to get the rules finalized as soon as possible. The database, however, will not fully capture all vehicles that have been declared a total loss by insurance companies. For that reason, the NADA continues to support total-loss disclosure legislation to make this vital information available in a more complete and timely manner to all used-car buyers.

NADA is awaiting further clarification of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s tire-information rule. The rule requires that light-duty vehicle tire labels—with tire size, tire cold-inflation pressure and vehicle capacity weight rating information—be placed on or near the driver’s door. Dealerships installing tires on new vehicles before first sale must relabel if the tires are a different size or have a different cold-inflation pressure. Relabeling also is required if the weights of any parts or accessories added to a vehicle prior to first sale exceed the lesser or 100 lb. or 1.5 percent of the gross vehicle weight. Relabel ing is not required if presale changes result in the reduction of a new vehicle’s weight or for any used-vehicle changes. NADA is awaiting NHTSA decisions on whether:

· Relabeling only is necessary for altered light-duty vehicles (those to which major changes are made). 
· To set the relabeling trigger threshold at the greater of 3 percent of GVWR or 220 lbs. 
· To eliminate relabeling for tire changes. NADA urged NHTSA to recognize that tire changes made before first sale typically involve size options recommended by the vehicle’s OEM, are at the request of purchasers and involve no significant safety concerns.

When relabeling, dealerships may place new labels on top of existing labels; update existing labels with new tire or weight info; or, for weight changes only, place a supple mentary label next to the existing label. Replacement labels are available from OEMs, form companies and aftermarket parts and equipment suppliers, or through the National Truck and Equipment Association or the Specialty Equipment Market Association.